Perhaps I'd be better off making meringue...
March 17, 2010 10:49 AM Subscribe
Why does my blood sugar bottom out after I eat an egg-white omelette?
posted by mireille to Health & Fitness (20 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
For lunch I will frequently fix myself an egg-white omelette-- I'm lucky enough to get farm-fresh eggs every week. Sometimes I prepare it with vegetables, sometimes just with salt/pepper/chives and a small sprinkling of good parmesan. Almost immediately afterwards I feel hot, shaky, irritable, and anxious, which usually means my blood sugar has crashed. I then go for the quick fix (whatever sweet is around) to make the feeling go away-- and thus negate the good I've done with the omelette in the first place.
I'm not diabetic and I've never been diagnosed with hypoglycemia, though I've experienced these crashes often enough (not just with the eggs) that I do carry glucose tablets around just in case I start to feel sick while I'm away from home-- usually from not eating frequently enough that day. While they've really saved me a number of times, I generally forget that they're in my purse until I need them.
What's going on? Egg whites are low-GI and I haven't found any indication from searching that a protein-rich meal would cause this kind of crash. They're an awesome solution for lunch and I'd like to find a way to prevent the crash that doesn't involve consuming sugary things before or after. Any ideas as to why this happens and how I can avoid it?
As for the rest of my diet, I eat this oatmeal every morning, with (most days) a pumpkin muffin mid-morning, then an egg white omelette or a half a large yam or quinoa and vegetables for lunch, either carrots or yogurt late afternoon, and a wide variety of dinners (pasta, meat, potatoes, rice, etc.)-- I eat well in the daytime so that I can eat (a smaller portion of) the same meal with my boyfriend at dinnertime. Don't eat dessert too often, but sometimes during the day I'll have a small amount of dark chocolate if I'm having hormonal cravings. I'm comfortably in the middle of the BMI for my age/height.